Today I made my first real dive. Even it was a technical event, with a maximum depth of 2 feet and an average of 1 foot with 12 minutes total time underwater.
Where was I? You’ve probably already figured it out. My 500 gallon hot tub was today’s dive of choice.
I’m not certified, haven’t taken my first official class, though I have completed the SSI computerized module for Open Water Diver. I’m extremely mechanically inclined, so didn’t feel at all out of sorts during this dive. Tested all equipment before submerging, with the knowledge that should I run out of air, well, it’s not really that far to the surface, right?
With total abandon, I plunged into the mental abyss. So cool. I mean, hot! I was literally in hot water, in a good way of course. It was so cool to be hot. This was the coolest hot thing I’ve done in forever.
Regulators worked perfectly. I changed to my secondary then back to primary. Check. No issues. Cleared a little water that had accumulated in the chamber, then went to breathing like a fish. Did some fiddling with the pressure valve on the reg, but at this depth, it’s pretty much not going to do anything.
The boyancy control vest was cool. Inflate, deflate. All systems, check. Dive computer… perfect. Water temperature was 103 degrees. Visibility crystal clear. Filters in the tub, yes, there they sat, looking all filterish. This was probably the coolest thing ever, and I haven’t even dipped a fin into a pool yet.
Soon, I’ll get all fishy-like and turn this into something real.
I start my first class April 29. Four hours classroom, four hours pool. I’m ready. I’m pumped. And I’m totally going to love this “whole new world” I’m about to explore.
If you’re thinking about taking the plunge, stop thinking and do it. I’m sure you’ll wonder why you took “forever” to make the decision and take action. That’s what other diving friends have said to me repeatedly–“you’re going to love it.” And you know what? They’re absolutely right!
One more thing. The dive computer didn’t log this dive, even though it did provide me with details of the dive in real time. No logging since the depth wasn’t sufficient to be considered “real.” Oh well. My logged dives are coming up soon enough.
— Photo credits: Tami Glander